Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Michal Pivonka
Michal Pivonka first caught the attention of NHL scouts as a result of his standout performance at the 1983 European Junior Championships where he was named to the tournaments all-star team. He kept up his stellar play at World Junior tournaments in 1985 and 1986, winning a gold medal in the latter outing.

He was selected 59th overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals. Pivonka expressed a strong interest in defecting to the NHL but insisted on completing his required military service before making the jump.

He joined the Caps in 1986-87 and filled an important void created by the retirement of Bengt Gustafsson. Pivonka centred a line between Bobby Gould and Gatean Duchesne, making a good impression from the start with his strong skating, excellent passing, and willingness to play physically.

Pivonka remained as a fixture with the Caps for 12 seasons. By the early nineties, fellow countryman Petr Bondra joined the club, uniting with Pivonka to make an effective offensive duo. In tandem, they raised each other's game with Pivonka scoring a career- high 80 points in 80 games during the 1991-92 campaign.

By the end of the decade, however, his numbers and his legs began to slow. In 1999, he was dispatched to the Kansas City Blades of the IHL where he completed his pro career in 2000.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Dukla Jihlava Jr. Czech-Jr.
1982-83 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 5 4 5 9 14
1983-84 Dukla Jihlava Jr. Czech-Jr.
1983-84 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 1 2 3 0
1983-84 Czechoslovakia EJC-A 5 3 4 7 2
1984-85 Dukla Jihlava Czech 33 8 11 19 18
1984-85 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 9 4 13 14
1984-85 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 0 1 1 0
1985-86 Dukla Jihlava Czech 42 5 13 18 18
1985-86 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 5 5 10 10
1985-86 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 10 2 1 3 8
1986-87 Washington Capitals NHL 73 18 25 43 41 -19 7 1 1 2 2
1987-88 Washington Capitals NHL 71 11 23 34 28 +1 14 4 9 13 4
1988-89 Washington Capitals NHL 52 8 19 27 30 +9 6 3 1 4 10
1988-89 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 31 12 24 36 19
1989-90 Washington Capitals Fr-Tour 4 0 0 0 2
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 77 25 39 64 54 -7 11 0 2 2 6
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 79 20 50 70 34 +3 11 2 3 5 8
1991-92 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 5 0 3 3 2
1991-92 Washington Capitals NHL 80 23 57 80 47 +10 7 1 5 6 13
1992-93 Washington Capitals NHL 69 21 53 74 66 +14 6 0 2 2 0
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 82 14 36 50 38 +2 7 4 4 8 4
1994-95 Klagenfurter AC Austria 7 2 4 6 4
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 46 10 23 33 50 +3 7 1 4 5 21
1995-96 Detroit Vipers IHL 7 1 9 10 19
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 73 16 65 81 36 +18 6 3 2 5 18
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 54 7 16 23 22 -15
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 33 3 6 9 20 +5 13 0 3 3 0
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 36 5 6 11 12 -6
1999-00 Kansas City Blades IHL 52 16 34 50 38 -8
NHL Totals 825 181 418 599 478 95 19 36 55 86


EJC-A All-Star Team (1983)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1985, 1986)
Named Best Forward at WJC-A (1985)
Missed majority of 1997-98 due to wrist injury vs. Pittsburgh, November 12, 1997.
Missed majority of 1998-99 due to groin injury vs. Buffalo, February 7, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Kansas City (IHL), September 27, 1999.